Seattle police dismantle alleged chop shop, find missing teen

SEATTLE -- Seattle police say a stripped down car in an alley tipped them off to a Beacon Hill chop shop and a runaway teenager.

South precinct burglary detectives spotted a stripped down Honda sedan Thursday morning parked in an alleyway near 3rd Avenue South and South Brandon Street, according to police.

The detectives checked the car's vehicle identification number and learned that it had been reported stolen. As they were investigating the Honda, the detectives noticed another stripped car parked in the yard of nearby home.

Detectives called in patrol officers, auto theft detectives, and the Major Crimes Taskforce and got a warrant to search the property, where they found four more stolen cars, according to police. Five of the cars were Hondas, and the sixth was a Kia.

Police say three of the cars were stolen recently, and one was stolen so recently that the owner actually called police to report the theft while detectives were searching the property.

Police arrested two men on the property and found a 16-year-old girl who had been reported as a runaway.